Man Utd star Dean Henderson fires warning to David De Gea – ‘My best is yet to come’
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Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has warned David De Gea his ‘best is yet to come’. The two shot-stoppers are vying to start the club’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fell at the semi-final stage last season and are determined to win a first trophy since 2017, back when Jose Mourinho was manager.
United have rotated between Henderson and De Gea this season.
De Gea has been a regular between the sticks throughout the Premier League campaign, while Henderson has often filled it when it comes to the cup competitions.
Both men are aiming to start tonight’s match against Sociedad and, speaking ahead of that fixture, Henderson has warned his rival his best is yet to come.
“I’ve just got to keep ticking along, keep doing well and my best is yet to come,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’ll keep waiting for those opportunities to come and hopefully I can build a bit of momentum and show my best form.”
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United have fallen into the Europa League after exiting the Champions League.
Defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in their final two games of the competition ultimately saw them have to settle for a place in Europe’s secondary club competition instead.
But Henderson has insisted United are eager to win a trophy, and the Europa League won’t be taken lightly.
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“Obviously we’re out of the Champions League which this club wants to be in,” he said.
“But the Europa League is the next step and we want to win it.
“Real Sociedad are a great team and I’m sure it’s going to be really difficult.
“Obviously the boys will have played against [David] Silva a lot and Adnan [Januzaj] was here as a kid, so he’s a got a lot of ability.
“They’ll be very good and they’ll be at it and in our faces and won’t make it easy for us. We’ve got to be on our toes and ready for what’s coming.”
The United star also dismissed suggestions playing in Italy, rather than Spain, will cause his team issues.
“I don’t think it will affect us massively,” said the 23-year-old.
“Because obviously their home advantage is taken away. It’s a nice stadium and we’ll go there and look to get the win.
“But this one is going to be really tough over two legs and we’ll have to be at our best to try to get a result.”
Meanwhile, speaking before the match in Turin, Solskjaer called on his forwards to step up by scoring more goals.
Bruno Fernandes has led the way this season but the likes of Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have struggled to live up to expectations.
And Solskjaer said: “We are the team that’s scored the most in the league and you’re right that our centre-forwards or forwards haven’t scored as much as we’d like to.
“But for me that’s a big positive.
“We’re now into the final stretch of the season; if we can get them firing again that will give us another edge in the games.
“We’re working hard and they’ve got the class and quality.
“And that means we’ve had goals from other places and positions, which is an improvement from last season.
“[If we] can marry these two bits together plus defend a bit better then we can be successful this season.”
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